called to build others up and to help others grow. We are meant to see the
potential in each other and guide each other in harnessing it. Mentoring relationships
are necessary for both leaders and the people that they guide; however, mentors
must begin these relationships with the right intent and vision. Before mentors
can complete the investigation, initiation, impartation, imitation, and
iteration stages of mentorship, they must first enter the inspiration stage.
inspiration stage of mentorship acts as a time of internal preparation, during
which the mentor focuses on obtaining the proper perspective for mentorship.
First, the mentor must acknowledge the triune nature of mentoring
relationships. All growth-centered relationships involve three individuals: the
mentor, the mentoree, and God. Mentoring is not merely a two-way relationship
between the mentor and mentoree, but a three-way relationship between God and
at least two others. In all conversations, the mentor must help the mentoree to
grow closer to God.
mentor must recognize that God—not the mentor—incites deep-lasting impact within
the mentoree. This recognition can act as both a comfort and a warning for the
mentor. On the one hand, the mentor can rest, knowing that God alone can
produce change. On the other hand, the mentor must remain humble, understanding
that he or she cannot take full credit for the growth of the mentoree. Mentors
must view themselves as the hands and feet of the Lord. They do not produce
lasting change, but the Lord can produce change through them.
mentor must pray and exercise discernment. Readiness for mentoring flows out of
being, fullness of the spirit, and giftedness. The mentor must consult the
Lord, waiting on Him for the proper timing. The mentor must also reflect
inwardly, asking whether he or she has obtained the proper mindset.
This week, ponder the mindset of mentorship. Ask the Lord to align your inspiration so that He can use you to strengthen others.
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